- What Problem He's Solving: Making it easy for founders to manage their capitalization table.
- First job: Hockey referee
- One thing he can't live without: McDonald's breakfast
- Garrett in three words: Motivated, disciplined, self-sufficient
Learn why Garrett chose Starter School over college.
Why are you at Starter School?
I'm at Starter School because college wasn't taking me where I wanted to go. I was a freshman last year, studying computer science. I was an athlete and did ROTC at school, but the culture around learning real skills wasn't there. I came to Starter School to get on an accelerated path to learning the skills to make it in the tech industry.
What's one thing that you have been surprised by at Starter School?
I've been surprised that we've come so close as a group of students. I came into it thinking everyone would be all business all the time, but the atmosphere feels more like a family.
Is there one experience that stands out for you at Starter School?
Aside from the metric ton of stuff we learn from class, the most standout experience for me has been really living on my own for the first time. It's a scary, but liberating feeling.
What was the first day of Starter School like?
I was pretty nervous on the first day because my expectations were so high, but after just a few hours, I knew that I had made the right choice coming here.
Were you intimidated to learn anything that ended up coming easy to you?
Programming didn't come easy to me, but it is a lot easier than it's made out to be. As long as you can think logically and do middle school algebra, you'll pick it up eventually.
What makes Starter School different than other classes/schools you've been to?
The focus is on building, not on grades. The skills we learn in class are immediately applied, and are in high demand.
What are you building right now?
I'm working on LivingQuarters with Chance. It's an app that makes it easy for roommates to track living expenses and bills. He came up with the idea at our first hackathon, and we've been working on it since.
Who or what inspires you and why?
The pace at which technology changes inspires me because there will always be more to learn.
What would you say to someone interested in joining Starter School?
If you're frustrated with not being able to build the ideas in your head, immediately drop what you are doing and come to Starter School.
What's something you've done in your life that you're most proud of?
I'm most proud of taking the risk of leaving college to come to Chicago for Starter School.